Google pulls games for kids and adults containing AdultSwine malware

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Once downloaded, the malicious apps displayed "highly pornographic" pop-up advertisements in a new web page, and attempted to scare users into installing fake security apps.

Although the apps would likely be most appealing to kids, Google says that they wouldn't have appeared in what Play calls its Designed for Families section, where it recommends safe, appropriate ads for children.

The company is "struggling to keep certain malware outside the App store" because some nasty code can only be detected by dynamically analyzing the context of an app's actions, which is hard to do, a Check Point researcher explains.

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In addition to displaying pornographic content, AdultSwine can also show pop ups that state a virus has infected the device, prompting the user to download another app claiming to be able to remove it.

Check Point said AdultSwine caused pornographic images to pop up during the children's games, including in a car-racing game named after the Disney cartoon character Lightning McQueen, which according to Google data had been downloaded at least 500,000 times.

In an email, Check Point said Google is usually quite successful when blocking malware on the Play Store.

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The malware also sought to trick users into installing fake security apps, and could open the door for other attacks such as theft of user credentials, Check Point said. In December, YouTube said that Google was planning to increase the number of staff reviewing videos to more than 10,000.

The malware also attempts to lure unsuspecting patrons into registering for fake premium services. All together, the apps-which include gaming- and drawing-related titles-were downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times. Android users should also consider using Google Play Protect, which is created to scan apps daily for issues.

In late August of previous year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge. If the app is also supposed to work as a standalone app, developers will additionally have to upload the Wear APK to the Play Store separately.

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